A texting app for the blind, developed for the iPhone, could have an unintended safety benefit for the rest of us who keep walking into other people while sending messages.Read More Texting Without Bumping into Someone
With yesterday’s announcement by Amazon of the new Kindle Fire e-book reader, and the upcoming rollout of the iPhone 5 and iOS 5 by Apple, we are moving inexorably toward a world dominated by mobile technologies. What does the widespread adoption of the mobile Web mean for people with disabilities (PwDs), who already deal with accessibility issues on the desktop Web? A provocative article recently posted by Firefox co-creator Joe Hewitt about the potential demise of the open Web got me thinking.Read More The Mobile Web Is Firing On All Cylinders: Can PwDs Catch Up?
VoKnow is a mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Android which converts published news content from the Internet into audio format, and then reads the content out loud to the listener — a time saver for busy people on the go, and a lifesaver for those with motion sickness and, as it turns out, those with blindness or vision problems.Read More VoKnow: Enabling The Blind And Elderly To Hear The News On Their Smartphones
Raul Krauthausen, a German wheelchair user, has developed an innovative application which enables wheelchair users to locate accessible places, and even report on locations that are not accessible. The application, Wheelmap, is primarily focused on German cities, but includes locations around the world overlaid on a global world map.Read More Wheelmap: A Search for Accessibility
Last month, I wrote here on abledbody.com about a new captioning application for the iPhone, called Subtitles, that lets deaf and hard-of-hearing moviegoers follow the dialogue of almost any movie in any movie theater in the nation. Earlier this week, Dan Walker was notified by Apple that his app violated movie studio copyrights relating to…Read More Abledbody.com: iPhone Movie Captioning App To Be Shelved?